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Old 08-09-2010, 12:30 AM   #2071
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The missus wants me to install some glass work that she did above the door. Now that she knows the jamb is done, she seems to think I should attend to that right away.
There's no time like the present. And I agree with her. You should attend to it right away. Because... glass above the door? If it's as nice as everything else she's done, it'll look beautiful!

The ensuite door is very pretty.

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Old 08-09-2010, 12:46 AM   #2072
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There's no time like the present. And I agree with her. You should attend to it right away. Because... glass above the door? If it's as nice as everything else she's done, it'll look beautiful!

The ensuite door is very pretty.

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Oh...I see...well, in that case...I suppose I had better get to it.

Let's see, I will need some kind of frame around the glass...cedar might be good. So I will need to capture the glass frame in some small strips...
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...something like that. And I will need to ease the edges of the wood...can't have anything sharp up there...so here's the giant plane I use for that.
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There's not much room up there to swing a cat, let alone a hammer, so I'd better make the whole frame first.
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Can you just imagine if it doesn't fit...

Taken from the master bedroom...always nice to have a margarine container full of nails in your pic...
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Sorry, I didn't mean to mislead you...that's a yogurt container.

Pic doesn't come out too well at night, and the one taken from inside the guest room is even worse. I'll have another go in daylight.
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Keith, the transom looks great but I love your plane, that is really nice. How long have you had it?

I looked back at your pictures again, that is one heck of a lot of work you have put in on your house, incredible and beautiful.
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Keith, the transom looks great but I love your plane, that is really nice. How long have you had it?
Probably had it for two or three years...it's another Lee Valley find. The little blade in it is as sharp as a razor.

It makes sort of a sizzling noise as it cuts the wood.

I should dig up all my planes...like that's possible all at one time...and let you know what I use them for. I have a few interesting ones.
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I would love to see them, I have a few but not any old ones. Now that you mentioned Lee Valley, I do remember seeing a plane on their site similar to the one you have. Do you use the scary sharp method of sharpening or do you have a system of your own?
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I would love to see them, I have a few but not any old ones. Now that you mentioned Lee Valley, I do remember seeing a plane on their site similar to the one you have. Do you use the scary sharp method of sharpening or do you have a system of your own?
Not sure whether or not it is scary sharp, but I do use the Japanese water stones. They make an extremely sharp edge on any blade.

Many years ago, Leonard Lee, the founder of Lee Valley Tools, wrote what I consider to be the definitive book on sharpening. If you follow that, you can hardly fail to have sharp tools.

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The glass looks nice up there. I wish I could start a project and finish it in one evening.

That plane sure is tiny. Do they make them any smaller?

Can you use the Japanese wet stone to sharpen garden tools? Or are they mostly for finer blades?
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The glass looks nice up there. I wish I could start a project and finish it in one evening.

That plane sure is tiny. Do they make them any smaller?

Can you use the Japanese wet stone to sharpen garden tools? Or are they mostly for finer blades?
Yes, it's small. I would say it is about as small as they come and still be practical to use. I have seen smaller planes, but I think they were done more as an exercise along the lines of "Look how small I can make this".

I believe the Japanese water stones are used for flat blades only, such as chisels and plane blades. Things like garden shovels - which you also need to keep sharp - are best done either on a grinder, either bench type or hand held, or possibly with a belt sander. I haven't tried the sander, but it should work.

I remember way back when I used to use a scythe, we always kept a stone in our pocket to keep the blade sharp as we worked. I believe it was a fairly coarse stone and obviously used dry.

The Japanese water stones are kept under water so that they remain waterlogged. You can get them right down to 8000 grit, which is pretty darned fine.

I suppose if you are fanatical you could follow up with a buffing wheel after that, but I think that's hardly necessary for most uses.
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Not sure whether or not it is scary sharp, but I do use the Japanese water stones. They make an extremely sharp edge on any blade.

Many years ago, Leonard Lee, the founder of Lee Vally Tools, wrote what I consider to be the definitive book on sharpening. If you follow that, you can hardly fail to have sharp tools.
Keith, is that book still on the market, I would like to check it out. I do a little wood carving and have several wood carving tools that must be extremely sharp and are. This is really weird, I can't remember how I sharpened them. Since that little mishap last September I have lost some of my short term memory. I know I use a hard felt wheel with compound to do the final polish but beyond that is gone. Oh well, that will give me more to research. Judy said I have all that stuff written down some where and she is going to help me find it. I will let you know what I find, this gettin old thing is for the birds.
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I tried a daylight pic of the window which the missus did. Still had to do a little fixing in iPhoto.

It is a dull day again here, so still not much light coming through.
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She was trying to get some of that Frank Lloyd Wright feeling in that window, but still very much have her own "touch" to it.

There is another one to install yet, at the top of the wall in the master bed room where it connects to the top of the stairwell. It's different again.

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